BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The As You Sow Board of Directors is comprised of talented and dedicated volunteers. Our Directors, all of whom are independent voting members, bring a broad range of expertise and interests including experience in social activism, publishing, education, environmental law, business, socially responsible investing, fundraising, and philanthropy.
Thomas Van Dyck, Chairman
1992 – current
Thomas has been a leader in the field of sustainable investing since starting at Dean Witter in 1983. In 1987, he founded Progressive Asset Management (PAM), a firm dedicated to socially responsible investing. Joining Piper Jaffray in 1997, he developed an investment management consulting team, now called the SRI Wealth Management Group, which moved to RBC Wealth Management in 2006, and is now one of the largest sustainable wealth management practices in North America. Over the last 15 years Thomas pioneered the practice of using sustainability criteria to maximize investment returns, a major evolution on the older practices of socially responsible and ESG investing. In 2004, he assisted CalPERS in adopting Green Wave, and he has authored numerous articles and studies on the economics of sustainable investing. Tom has also been actively involved in cleantech investing and was instrumental in developing Piper Jaffray’s Cleantech Ventures private equity fund of funds strategy.
Van Dyck is the founder of As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy foundation, and is active with environmental and human rights groups, including Rainforest Action Network, Baykeeper, Bioneers, Earth Rights International, Engage Network, SVN, and the Ella Baker Center. Throughout his career, he has worked to encourage major pension funds like CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider issues such as divestment from South Africa and environmental investment strategies. He also serves on the board of Napo Pharm. He is most proud, however, of his role of active parent to his two children. Van Dyck graduated from Duke University in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) and is Series 7 and Series 66 licensed.
Randy Hayes, Vice President
2006 – current
Randy is the founder and board president of Rainforest Action Network in addition to Senior Staff with the International Forum on Globalization. Randy is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples. He worked as the President to the City of San Francisco Commission on the Environment and Director of Sustainability in the office of Oakland with Mayor Jerry Brown. Randy has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning from San Francisco State University; his master’s thesis was the award-winning film The Four Corners, which won the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award for Best Student Documentary in 1983. He is a contributing author to Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible.
2016 – current
Amanda Hanley is the Co-Founder and a Director of the Hanley Foundation, formed to advance environmental, educational and empowerment solutions. She serves as a board member of the Academy for Global Citizenship, a green Chicago Public Charter School; the Global Catholic Climate Movement; As You Sow; and the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Midwest Council Chair and Global Leadership Council member. Along with her husband, George, she helped found and advises the Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton. She is also on advisory board of Loyola University Chicago Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Amanda is on the steering committees of North Shore Green Women and Chicago Women in Green, and a member of Grab the Wheel and Invest to Elect women’s groups as well. She has been a Fresh Taste member, an initiative to advance the Midwest’s good food system; a Shine interim working group member, a campaign to end global energy poverty; and an advocate and signatory of Divest-Invest. She shares inspiring information on her foundation’s and Huffington Post blog, along with print publications. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and four children.
2013 – current
Ric currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of a San Francisco Bay Area management consulting firm that he co-founded in early 2008. He has served previously as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and in operating and executive management capacities in both public and pre-public companies where he has helped raise over $150 million in public and private financings. He has extensive international experience, including cross-border M&A transactions and post-acquisition business integration. His managerial background includes finance and operational oversight of multi-subsidiary international companies.
2011 – current
Carl Pope is a former Chairman of Sierra Club. He had been with Sierra Club for nearly thirty years serving as Associate Conservation Director, Political Director and Conservation Director and Executive Director. He served on the Boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics, Inc., and Zero Population Growth (now Population Connection).
Mr. Pope is co-author of “Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress,” other books including, “Sahib: An American Misadventure in India” (1971) and “Hazardous Waste in America” (1981).Mr. Pope graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1967. He then spent two years as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Barhi, Bihar, India, where he helped communities and families address the human and environmental impacts of population growth due to a lack of access to voluntary family planning.
Cari Rudd, Secretary
2014 – current
Cari Rudd is a strategic communications consultant. Cari helps organizations optimize their institutional assets towards clear, effective and productive results. Cari’s experience spans public, private and non-profit sectors. From a background in film production, producing award-winning ads to designing winning campaigns for Democratic candidates and Issue initiatives, Cari seeks innovative solutions. A leadership aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and a Vice President at Fenton Communications, Cari blends her diverse background in politics, advertising, and marketing to her clients, advocacy and funding priorities.
Cari is a member of Rachel’s Network, a collection of women committed to environmental protection and conservation. She has a long history of advocacy serving 12 years as a board member to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Board Chair to EWG’s Action Fund. She currently serves as a board member to Veterans Education Success, Rachel’s Action Network and the EthicMark Award for socially responsible advertising.
- Taraneh Arhamsadr, Communications Director, GO Public Schools
- Nishita Bakshi, Senior Program Officer, Give 2 Asia
- Ann Blake, Consultant, Health and Safety Standards Development Project at B Lab
- Michelle Chan, Economic Policy Project Director, Friends of the Earth
- Bob Clark-Riddell, President & Principal Engineer, Pangea Environmental Engineering
- Larry Fahn
- Amy Galland
- Robert Gould, President, SF Bay Area Chapter, Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Lori Grace, President, Sunrise Center
- Mark Lancaster, Footprint Network
- Geoff Lomax, Sr Officer for Medical & Ethical Standards, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
- Melissa E. Lopez, CFA, Research Analyst and Investment Committee Member, Wetherby Asset Management
- Jeff Mendelsohn, President/Founder, New Leaf Paper
- Amanda Metcalf, Attorney, Law Offices of Amanda Metcalf Litigation
- John Nees
- Dara O’Rourke, Co-Founder, GoodGuide
- Rafael Reyes, Executive Director, Bay Area Climate Collaborative
- Neerja Raman, Distinguished Scholar, Stanford University
- Alan Ramo, Professor of Law Director, JD & LLM Env., Golden Gate University School of Law
- Tiffany Schauer, Founder & Executive Director, Our Children’s Earth
- David Shearer, CEO, Full Circle Solutions
- Guru Singh
- Tim Smith, Senior Vice President, Environmental, Social, Governance Group, Walden Asset Management
- Ruth Stringer, International Science & Policy Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm
- Adam Werbach, Chief Sustainability Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi
- Michael Passoff, CEO, Proxy Impact and Consulting Senior Strategist, As You Sow